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Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountains Region

October 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountains Region


        The premier screening of this documentary video will explore the region's past of more than 150 years of African enslavement. Archaeologists/historic preservation consultants Wendy E. Harris and Arnold Pickman discovered that in 1820, one of Cragsmoor's early families contained an enslaved child. He was one of over 500 enslaved children of African descent living in Ulster County that year. In 1790, when the first federal census was taken, 10% of the county’s total population was enslaved. Within the Shawangunk Mountains Region, the percentage was twice that.

        The phrase "where slavery died hard," was bestowed upon Ulster County as a result of its resistance to abolition during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The video documents where the enslaved lived in the southern part of the county and what their lives may have been like during this period.

        The creators of the documentary hope it will contribute to a body of knowledge that will verify the significance of the African-American presence in this region. In doing so, they hope it will open dialogue on the historical impact of slavery on all parts of our country, including the Hudson Valley, and serve as a vehicle for understanding and reconciliation.

        August 20, 6:30 PM. Cragsmoor's Stone Church, 280 Henry Road, Admission free with RSVP at radl.maureen@gmail.com









October 20, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Cragsmoor’s Stone Church
280 Henry Rd.
Cragsmoor, NY